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Press Releases | 23.04.2019

Sixth place for Rafal Majka on the Tour of the Alps queen stage

Today saw the riders take on the longest and most demanding stage of this year’s Tour of the Alps. Following the start in Reith im Alpbachtal, the next 50 km consisted of flat terrain in the leadup to the first climb. Afterwards, the route yet again went upwards towards Italy, and the steepest climb of the day, the Jaufenpass (1st cat). A long descent then followed and took the peloton to Meran before a 5 km stretch of uphill road to the finish in Schenna. Approximately 30 km after the start gun went off, a group of 6 riders managed to escape and build up a lead of just over 5 minutes during the course of the day. The race situation remained quite uneventful for some time, until the peloton took on the climb to Jaufenpass, where the leading group split in the first few difficult uphill kilometres. Only two riders from the original break were able to stay ahead of the race. Several kilometres later, Pawel Poljanski and Rafal Majka also made it into a group of around 30 riders, which took up the chase of the remaining escapees. The last 20 km saw a constant flurry of attacks from the group of favourites, but Pawel and Rafal continuously kept up the effort to follow these. With 3 km remaining, V. Nibali put in an attack, but Rafal was able to counter this move. However, in the end, P. Sivakov and J. Hirt were the ones who were able to put themselves at the head of the field, and the Russian rider emerged victorious in the sprint duel on the finish line. Rafal put in another strong performance today, taking out 6th place on the queen stage of the race. With that, he now lies in 4th position in the general classification, 39 seconds behind the current overall leader.

 

Result

01 P. Sivakov       4:58:17

02 J. Hirt                +0:04

03 M. Cattaneo       +0:17

06 R. Majka            +0:30

 

From the finish line

“It isn’t easy to win a stage at this race. But we put in our best efforts today, and Pawel supported me very well. We’re using the Tour of the Alps as preparation for the upcoming Giro d’Italia, however, I’m feeling good and so I now want to try to net a good result in the general classification. This week there are a few more hard stages coming up, and we’ll of course keep trying to put in good performances.”

- Rafal Majka

 

“Today it was our goal to support Rafal as well as possible. Over the first 120 km ahead of the long climb, we had several riders available to fulfil this duty. However, afterwards only Pawel and Rafal were able to keep up with the pace. Pawel did an excellent job in the finale, and even rode back down the road in support of his teammate. With there being a number of attacks in the final kilometres, it would have of course been better if we would have had more riders present. However, in the end, Rafal was able to take out sixth place, which is quite a good performance.”

- Christian Poemer, Sports Director

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